Historic record despite defeat

FC Barcelona leaves behind a spectacular run of 17 Champions League group stage matches without conceding defeat after tonight’s game against Celtic

This Wednesday’s match in Glasgow was Tito Vilanova’s second loss of the season. His record stands at 14 victories, 1 draw and only 2 defeats

After losing away to Celtic (2-1) Barça leaves behind an incredible run of 17 matches without losing in a Champions League group stage match away from the Camp Nou. It’s been six years since the Blaugrana have lost away from Barcelona in the first phase of the European competition, the last defeat came on October 28 of 2006 at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea won thanks to a solitary goal from Drogba (1-0). Since then, Barça have won 11 matches and tied 6.

Second defeat of the season

The defeat this Wednesday in Glasgow was Tito Vilanova’s second defeat of the year. However, the team’s numbers speak for themselves after this season’s opening 17 official matches: 14 victories, 1 draw and only 2 defeats; 47 goals scored – with an average of 2.76 goals per match – and 21 goals conceded. Barça have also maintained an average ball possession ration of 66% in all of their games this season. Last year, for example, the team won 12 and tied 5 of their first 17 official matches.

In addition, Barça managed to win their first three Champions League group stage matches, a feat achieved only in the 2001/02 and 2002/03 seasons.